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FBI staged ‘hit’ in NC beheading plot

Friday, January 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WTVD) — An FBI agent testified Friday that investigators faked photographs to make it look like a witness in a North Carolina terror case had been murdered.

The revelation came in a preliminary hearing in Wilmington for Shkumbin Sherifi – who is accused of plotting to murder witnesses who testified against his older brother Hysen Sherifi.

Hysen Sherifi was sentenced to 45 years earlier this month in what prosecutors described as a conspiracy to attack the Marine base at Quantico, Va., and targets abroad.

Three other men in his Johnston County, North Carolina-based terror cell pled guilty to terrorism charges in 2011, and three more defendants were found guilty at trial. Another defendant still awaits trial, while an eighth suspect remains at large.

According to an affidavit released this week, Hysen Sherifi confided in an informant that he wanted to kill three witnesses who testified against him and a prisoner he believed had stolen from him.

His brother Shkumbin allegedly paid an FBI informant $4,250 in cash toward the first killing.

At Friday’s preliminary hearing, FBI agent James Langtry testified that investigators staged “a hit” on one of the witnesses who testified against Hysen Sherifi. They took photos of the man in a shallow grave with fake blood on his chest. They also staged photos of a beheading.

An FBI informant then passed the photos to Shkumbin Sherifi – who then allegedly showed the pictures to his brother in jail January 22 – telling him the hit had been carried out. FBI agents were waiting for Shkumbin when he left the jail.

The FBI has also accused Shkumbin’s girlfriend Nevine Aly Elshiekh, a 46-year-old school teacher from Raleigh, of involvement in the plot. Her first appearance is scheduled for Feb. 3.

A judge ordered Shkumbin Sherifi held for trial Friday without bond.

(ABCnews and the Associated Press contributed to this story)

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Area inlets dredging for funds

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The one-year agreement doesn’t secure long-term funding for the dredging work.

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Impact of spill might be minimal

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Tests show enterococcus higher than the daily acceptable maximum

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Police searching for bank robbery suspect

Friday, January 27th, 2012

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Ardent Berger supporter Ben McCoy leaves rant on StarNews website

Friday, January 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ben McCoy, who is a vocal supporter of New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger, left this comment on the StarNews website this afternoon:

Berger completely owns the fact that he didn’t show up to court. He completely owns some of the ridiculous incidents that have occurred in his personal life. But it can’t be just me who thinks that all of this is so far out of proportion it’s unbelievable. Sending black SUVs to his home to escort him in handcuffs? Isn’t a bench warrant usually issued for failure to appear? I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. All because, as a community leader, he decided to attend a meeting where his girlfriend happened to be – and he had no idea?

It shouldn’t matter your personal opinion of Berger – you should be able to apply the same standard if this was a member of your own family. If your husband/wife/daughter/son had a protection order against them, and went to a meeting where in sheer coincidence that defies logic, the very person they were not allowed to be around happened to be there – would you support such a dramatic and absurd witch hunt? Berger’s got issues – no one is arguing against that – but is he really a “danger” to society? Is this proportionate to the response to others in similar situations? I say absolutely not. And that should concern every intellectually honest citizen out there.

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